ZOO YORK AM GETTING PAID 2005
September 24-25, 2005
Orkus Park, Montreal Quebec – Canada
Story by Alex Bastide
Photos by Ben Fournier, Alex Bastide
This weekend was the Zoo York Am Getting Paid contest in Montreal and what a great success it was! An amazing turnout of 140 hungry amateurs from all over North America battling their way to the top and a total prize purse of $12,000US. A key highlight of the event was the street course that Orkus Skate Park built for the contest. All the skaters were pleased with the layout and it helped them put on a great show for all the spectators and media that came out for this event.
Be on the lookout for coverage of this event in the near future in different publications and video magazines. We will be updating our website with a photo gallery, the results and a short video clip really soon. By next January’s ASR we will have a new DVD on sale to the public and will mail a copy to all of the team managers. Please contact us if you would like a copy.
We are very happy with the turnout and you can be sure that you will see another Am Getting Paid contest in 2006 and the years to come. The growth from our first year to this event was amazing. Hopefully your company and your amateurs will take part in next year’s event.
So this year the top 2 skaters were Es Footwear’s own Nyjah Huston (from California) and Jordan Hoffert (from Vancouver, Canada). 10 year old Nyjah is now officially the number one ranked amateur skateboarder in the world after winning Tampa Am earlier this year and now the Am Getting Paid contest. Believe me when I say this kid is a young ripper with great skills and you will see a lot of him in the future.
And what is a skate contest without a Best Trick portion? This year’s finale was the SOLO Mobile Best Trick Contest. We went around the park with $2000US cash and gave all of the skaters another opportunity to throw down their best and make some money.
After the contest everyone headed down to Am Getting Laid after party at the Fouf. World famous djs Cash Money, A-Trak, Skratch Bastid and Dopey kept the crowd hyped and in party-mode. There was even a mini-ramp session that went on the whole night in one of the rooms. The booze flowed into the wee hours of the morning and everyone had a great time…including some under age rippers who we will not name.
It was hard to say goodbye to everyone after such a great weekend. But at the end of it all, we all had to go home. A lot of new friends were made and we’re so stoked to meet everyone. Thanks for coming out!
1 – NYJAH HUSTON – 8.93 – $5000
2 – JORDAN HOFFART – 8.78 – $2500
3 – THOMAS PARENT – 8.23 – $1750
4 – TOREY PUDWILL – 8.12 – $600
5 – LEE YANKOU – 8.03 – $300
6 – ANTOINE ASSELIN – 8.02 – $150
7 – KURTIS COLAMONICO – 7.88 – $50
8 – COLLIN HALE – 7.83- $50
9 – ERIC LEMAY – 7.70 – $50
10 – WILL CRISTOFARO – 7.70 – $50
11 – WILLIE MARSHALL – 7.62
12 – CHRIS CONNOLLY – 7.45
13 – JOHN GOEMANN – 7.32
14 – STEPHANE PICARD – 7.22
15 – MORGAN SMITH – 7.18
16 – BRAD CORMIER – 7.15
17 – ARJUN SHAH – 7.07
18 – JOHNNY LAYTON – 7.02
19 -JESSE LANDEN – 6.40
20 – CHRIS COLBOURN – 6.35
Sponsored by Zoo York, Solo Mobile, Es Footwear, Underworld Skate Shop, SBC Skateboard Magazine, Blind Skateboards, Von Zipper, Dakine, Independent Trucks, Pro-Tec, Momentum Wheels, Transworld Skateboarding Magazine, Orkus Skate Park, Expose Magazine, Vestal Watches, Under Pressure Magazine and Red Bull.
Check www.amgettingpaid.com for more pictures, updates and a video clip.